Browsing Archive: September, 2011

Why self-publish?

Posted by Paul Samael on Monday, September 26, 2011, In : Self-publishing 


This blog is supposed to be about my attempts to self-publish my novel and so far, I’ve been a little coy about how exactly I plan to tackle this Herculean task (I do have a plan, honest – more on this in later posts).  But I suppose the first question is why self-publish – why not try to get a “proper”, professional publisher to take me on?

Well, my experience of publishers is not good – admittedly, it relates to non-fiction rather than fiction, but in both cases the publishe...

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Holiday reading (2)

Posted by Paul Samael on Thursday, September 8, 2011, In : Book reviews 


I also read “One Day” by David Nicholls – yes, that one with the orange cover that you’ve probably seen people reading on the train etc.  Many, many people have read this book, so I can hardly claim to be at the cutting edge of new fiction by reviewing it now.  I can, however, claim to have a unique perspective, being possibly the only person in the world to have tackled it after reading a moderately obscure work of Polish science fiction (see previous blog entry).  

Anyway, for ...

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Holiday reading (1)

Posted by Paul Samael on Sunday, September 4, 2011, In : Book reviews 


Just back from holiday, during which (among other things) I read Stanislaw Lem’s 1961 novel “
Return from the Stars”. It’s about an astronaut, Hal, who returns to Earth following a near-light speed mission.  This means that time passed much faster on Earth than it did for him, so everyone he knew at the time of his departure is long dead.  The world he returns to is considerably more technologically advanced than the one he left and human civilisation has lost all interest in spacef...

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About Me

Paul Samael Welcome to my blog, "Publishing Waste" which will either (a) chronicle my heroic efforts to self-publish my own fiction; or (b) demonstrate beyond a scintilla of doubt the utter futility of (a). And along the way, I will also be doing some reviews of other people's books and occasionally blogging about other stuff.
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